Defense Dialogue Highlights Vietnam-Cuba Military Ties

Defense Dialogue Highlights Vietnam-Cuba Military Ties

This week, a high-ranking Cuban delegation paid a visit to Vietnam. The trip spotlighted the ongoing activity within the security aspect of ties as both sides prepare for the commemoration of an upcoming symbolic milestone in the establishment of their wider diplomatic ties next year. As I have noted previously in these pages, Vietnam and Cuba, two of the few remaining communist countries in the world, have long had a…

Peacekeeping Center Chief Visit Puts Thailand-Vietnam Security Collaboration into Focus

Peacekeeping Center Chief Visit Puts Thailand-Vietnam Security Collaboration into Focus

Last week, the head of Thailand’s peacekeeping operations center paid a visit to Vietnam. Though this was just one of several interactions between the two fellow mainland Southeast Asian states, it nonetheless highlighted the role of peacekeeping as an area of cooperation in their bilateral ties as well as within their broader foreign policies. As I have observed previously in these pages, despite a history of animosity for much of…

China-Thailand Military Ties in the Headlines With New Shipbuilding Pact

China-Thailand Military Ties in the Headlines With New Shipbuilding Pact

Last week, China and Thailand signed a new shipbuilding pact. The agreement put the focus on ongoing efforts by the two countries to further boost the defense aspect of their wider bilateral relationship despite the issues they continue to face in doing so. As I have observed previously in these pages, while China-Thailand defense cooperation is not new, it noticeably deepened following the coup in Thailand in May 2014 that…

What’s in the First Spain Warship Voyage to the Philippines?  

What’s in the First Spain Warship Voyage to the Philippines?  

Last week, a Spanish vessel paid the first voyage to the Philippines of its kind since the Southeast Asian state’s independence. Though this was just one among several interactions between the two countries which date back centuries, it nonetheless highlighted efforts by both sides to advance the defense aspect of their ties within the contemporary bilateral relationship. The Philippines and Spain have long shared relations, with Spain having colonized the…

Mahathir Visit Highlights Vietnam-Malaysia Security Cooperation Prospects

Mahathir Visit Highlights Vietnam-Malaysia Security Cooperation Prospects

Last week, Malaysia’s Prime Minister embarked on a visit to Vietnam. While the agenda of the trip was wide-ranging, it also put the focus on ongoing efforts by the two Southeast Asian states to explore opportunities to broaden and deepen their bilateral defense cooperation, following the shock election of a new government in Malaysia that occurred last May. As I have observed previously in these pages, Vietnam and Malaysia share…